Match Preview: Deportivo vs. Atlético

Atlético will go against Deportivo being tied in fourth place with Real Sociedad.

Atleti on their last win (1-0) against Dépor.

Atleti on their last win (1-0) against Dépor.

After their loss against Barcelona last Sunday and with Real Sociedad catching up with their place at the Table, Atleti will need a secure win to continue going up even if they are facing RC Deportivo, such team currently struggling with just one point ahead from LaLiga’s relegation.

Kick-off in the Municipal de Riazor is set for 20:45 CET.

The Galicians will receive Atleti with a new manager. Due to many bad results and having lost their last four Liga matches, Pepe Mel freshly replaced Gaizka Garitano, who was sacked last Saturday after the team’s lost against Leganés.

Dépor only got to score two goals against those four last teams, being defeated by ten. Mel feels the players want to demonstrate their best even though they face a dangerous punctuation.

Simeone said earlier that “Dépor has great players, and that makes the team more complicated”. But at the same time, he will make sure his Rojiblancos keep up with their good work , no matter if they come from a lost.

Some fans could see that on the last match against Barcelona, Atleti players looked a bit fatigued by the end of the match. We all hope that they recuperate their enthusiasm for a 3 points win they always crave.

For La Coruña, Cholo called 18 of the players. Saúl will be absent due to his yellow card sanctions. Caio has been finally called and even Lucas, when he was sentenced for community service along with his ex-girlfriend earlier this week.

With Sevilla playing against Athletic on the same day, so Simeone should have a great strategy for Rojiblancos to get ahead and reach a bit more their place. There is an 8-point difference so far between the fourth and third place.

After his medical clearance, we found a positive Godín at the last match scoring the goal. As always, we put our faith on the strikers and defense who seemed, unfortunately, to have little action against Barça.

Atlético has to keep the good work in order to have their win, especially when there is the danger of going down to the fifth place.

 


Squad List for La Coruña:

Goalkeepers: Moya, Oblak

Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas and Giménez.

Midfielders: Koke, Carrasco, Gabi, Thomas, Gaitan and Caio.

Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Gameiro and Correa.

 


  • Khan

    Important game for Atletico. After shaming defeat at previous match, a must win game to maintain momentum since Real Sociedad is on tail. Expecting few changes for squad rotation with next game too close.
    Hoping players like Savic, Carrasco, Griezmann and especially Filipe Luis gets rest. Would like Gabi also to be rested but that would be too much risk.
    Expected starting lineup:
    Oblak ;
    Lucas/Luis, Godin, Giminez, Vrsaljko ;
    Gaitan, Gabi, Thomas, Koke ;
    Torres, Correa/Griezmann.

  • Mitch

    I think we never lost a game when Lucas plays!

  • Vagabond Messi

    Also lets see how much we improve when prince Saul doesn’t play

  • Aqil Azhan

    I think Gabi need to be subbed in this game for the next game against Valencia.

  • Wate

    Web dev here. It seems the author uses Word. 🙂
    You should remove all style tags added by Word before pasting the content to the editor. You can do this by first pasting the text to Notepad and from there to the editor or by using the “Paste as text” button in the editor toolbar.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Our line up will be according several sources:
    Oblak, Vrsaljko, Godin, Gimenez, Filipe, Gabi, Koke, Thomas, Carrasco, Griezmann and Torres. I am really excited so to see finally Thomas in the line up. Savic goes – thank god – now to the place where he belongs: the bench. Nice to see also Torres getting some minutes. I think Simeone should consider rotating much more often between Gameiro and Torres; especially when Torres keeps up his form. Excited to see my long wished line up today

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I’m curious, is Gaitan nursing an injury still or something that hasn’t really been mentioned?

  • Claudia S.

    Thank you so much for letting me know! It’s already corrected 🙂 I hope it looks ok now.

  • Zinni DUDU

    He got a knock against Barcelona in the copa. He trained after that irregulary, but he was trained last week and this week regulary, so he should be normally fit. But Simeone prefers putting Correa and the striker who is on the bench and Thomas over him

  • Vagabond Messi

    I’m not sure it’s Correa who’s eating Gaitan’s minute , Correa himself hardly sees any minute. Imho, Carrasco on left and Gaitan on right with koke-Gabi should start once in a while. Feel bad for Gaitan though, 25m wasted.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Looking forward to a big win! Hopefully 3+ goals by Atleti.

  • KO Corbin

    and thank god saul isn’t there

  • Vagabond Messi

    Amen

  • Wate

    It does, yeah. Nice work. Thanks for this content. <3

  • Khan

    Formation looks more like 4-3-3 approach, with 3 midfielders. Finally happy that Simeone is experimenting with tactical formation. With Giminez and Godin, hoping defense to be strong. Now, assuming Gabi will do what he consistently proves his selection and with Thomas who is box to box engine, Koke will be relieved little bit of his defensive duties thus making him dangerous with his final ball. If Griezmann does play as a second striker behind Gameiro, and then with Correa who is really hungry for goals, then we may expect a good scoreline. Feeling sorry for Torres though…

  • France Football

    Can someone here explain to me why Antoine Griezmann is worth twice as much than Alexandre Lacazette?

  • Zinni DUDU

    Why the fuck is Carrasco on the bench? If somebody should go the bench then it its Gameiro. I can not unterstand why our best player this season goes to the bench. The last time Simeone did this was against villareal and we lost 0:3

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well it is always the same with Simeone. Simeone does never see Torres as our first choice striker and he always had to show more than the other strikers to get in to the line up. It was with Mandzukic, who always played, Jackson who always played and now Gameiro plays always, allthough he did not performed well on Sunnday. If Torres would have started against Barca and played so bad, he would be on the bench today. Well I hope Torres leaves at the end of the season, because Simeone is not giving him the minutes he deserves when he is in form.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Wtf, no Carrasco ? No Torres? Who’s in midfield then?4cms?

  • aileen

    Finally when we are loosing Simeone will give him a quarter expecting to score two or more goals in the end.If he does, on Sunday will see Gameiro again.

  • snᴉsɐlB

    anyone has a working stream?

  • France Football

    Amazing goal by Deportivo!

  • aileen
  • Vagabond Messi

    Any mobile stream ?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Back to Europa league boys.

  • France Football

    The market value of these players is a joke.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Even world class squad underperform once in a while. Calm down, don’t get your panty wet man.

  • France Football

    Why is Griezmann worth twice as much more than Lacazette?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Ask people whO paid 105m for Pogba

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well we do not need Savic to do misstakes, because Gimenez and Oblak producing some magic (for depor)

  • France Football

    Griezmann could be worth 50,00 Mill. €. Definitely not 80,00 Mill. € though.

  • Vagabond Messi

    He was top goal scorer by miles in Euro, scored 2 in UCL ko against Barca, one against Bayern and many league matches winning goals. Wtf Pogba did to warrant transfer if 105m? If Pogba is worth 105m , Griezmann is worth 150m.

  • Zinni DUDU

    There you have your fucking mini midget forwards Simeone. We are playing down the wings with crosses and Torres is on the bench. Clapp clapp Simeone, just leave to Inter Mailand. I swear by god we will nothing when we keep on playing with Gameiro and Griezmann. They are both to small, they are to weak, they can not win the fucking areial duells. Simeone has to understand that. It is the same shit the whole seaon and Simeone keeps on playing with these midgets. I hope he leaves and takes Gameiro, Saul and Savic with him. They can build a genius squad in Mailand.

  • France Football

    Lacazette already has 27 goals this season. Griezmann need to step up with his scoring if he really is worth that much.

  • atleti lover

    Wtf Wtf Wtf! !!!!!!
    What are oblak and giminez doing?
    And what kind of reaction after we conceded the goal no single chance.
    I really believe that too much strange decisions from simeone is giving us hard time.
    I think it’s time simeone go to inter! !!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Cavani has over 30 goals already. We should have bough him and not this mini midget who calls his self striker.

  • France Football

    Lacazette and Cavani can score penalties which Griezmann can’t.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Go buy him for your EPL team and fuck off

  • Vagabond Messi

    I think you’re right. Now, i won’t even mind if Griezmann leaves and we use that money to finance a tall striker and one of attacking players of Monaco. They will suit our style very well.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Sevilla (a real fighting cub) is already infront against Bilbao. How can Simeone talk about top 3, when we can not even beat Depor, while the gap between Sevilla and us is getting bigger.

  • France Football

    Griezmann is the biggest flopp this season. Barely scores, can’t score penalties. He is a big fraud.

  • France Football

    Messi is only 1,7m. He scored 73 goals one season as a secondary striker.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Of course I am right. Look we are beginning the match with long balls. How is Gameiro supossed to play good with this kind of tactic?

  • France Football

    There is Carrasco and Schiappacasse if you want a striker with decent height.

  • France Football

    Amazing goal by Griezmann!

  • Karlp

    our goat strikes again

  • Karlp

    the other guys really need to step up (Koke, Correa especially). Can’t blame Gameiro. He’s stationed in far front and didn’t get enough service. His only fault is his height

  • France Football

    You don’t have to be tall if you’re a world class dribbler.

  • Karlp

    fuck carrasco again not passing at golden chance

  • Vagabond Messi

    He never pass

  • Karlp

    what are you talking, gameiro is a very good dribbler for a CF. One of his dribble ends with yellow card for a depor guy. The problem is he didn’t get enough ball, and he is stationed in far front as target man. It’s not like he didn’t want to track back to get the ball

  • Karlp

    he mostly dribbles while looking at the ball and nothing else.

  • France Football

    I am a douchebag.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Yep, he runs with ball untill he loses it or shot it in stands.

  • France Football

    Is Torres dead?

  • KO Corbin

    wtf

  • Zinni DUDU

    I really hope that it is not so bad as it looked like

  • Vagabond Messi

    Team is just shit

  • Khan

    Hope nothing is serious with Torres….

  • KO Corbin

    guys Torres ?

  • France Football

    Now it’s proven that Savic and Saul are not bad. It’s the whole team.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Burgos made thumps up. I am sure he is fine. Animo Fernando, a real man doing his duty.

  • KO Corbin

    i hope he is fine he still young for fuck sake

  • Vagabond Messi

    Hope Torres is fine.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    My prayers goes out to Torres

  • Zinni DUDU

    According to several rumors he is already talking. Animo Fernando. Get well soon and give him fucking contract extension

  • Mitch

    Vrsaljko ran straight to Torres to make sure he hadn’t swallowed his tongue. He may have saved his life! Be strong Torres!

  • KO Corbin

    you sure !!

  • Mitch

    I was very worried when I saw the moment Torres head/neck pushed against the ground and he was out.

  • Mitch

    Thanks for sharing, so good to know he is OK!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Gimenez has a really extreme way of exaggerating things. I am sure that we will see him next week on the training ground!

  • KO Corbin

    Torres ‘out of danger’, thank god (according to AS)

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I don’t think his reaction was am exaggeration. That was a horrific incident

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I missed most of the game, I actually tuned in right before we scored. I’m really tired of seeing our players play out of position (Correa on the wing, Saul/Koke/Thomas on wings) it just doesn’t help, just play the wingers on the wings and let everyone play their natural positions.

    That Torres incident was scary. I’ll also say that the officiating in the league is so poor and something needs to be done about it.

  • Mitch

    “Torres’ teammate Antoine Griezmann added: “I dont really care now about
    football or the result, only worried about Fernando’s health at moment.”

    What a guy, my #7……. forever FT9!

  • France Football

    Line up against Valencia. Thoughts?

    Cerci-Griezmann-Carrasco
    Lucas-Thomas-Saúl-Vrsaljko
    Giménez-Godín-Savić
    Oblak

  • I don’t care about the game, the result or the points!
    Seeing how the team, even the opposition players, rush to Torres was everything to me.

    When Vrsa, playing his first season, is the first to run to Torres in order to hold his tongue shows a lot what words can’t describe. From Gabi to Josema’s distraught to Simeone’s worrying face to Burgos calming Josema. To the fans, of either teams, reaction. This is Atléti. This is what is worth fighting for. This is what I fell in love with. This is us!

    This reminded me that we don’t do this for the silverware, but rather we fight for what is the essence of Atléti. We fight for each other.

    ¡Yo soy Atléti!

  • AnonX

    That’s the difference, while with Others they just come and go.

  • snᴉsɐlB

    lacazette plays in the shitty french leage.

  • Alex21

    Contrary to belief, it is impossible to swallow your tongue. In the event of trauma in the neck and head, sticking anything in the mouth of someone can actually cause further complications depending on the injury. If a cervical vertebrae were herniated, placing a hand in a mouth can cause obstruction of the airway. I appreciate the interventions made by Vrsa and Gabi, but this practice shouldn’t be done anymore.

  • Robert

    Why is barca not interrested in simeone?